Twitpic may not be the go-to hosting site for people looking to put images in tweets anymore (Twitter handles that pretty well itself nowadays) — but, at the very least, it was nice knowing it was still there.
Alas, it won’t be for long.
Twitpic has just announced that it will shut down on September 25th.
So why now? According to founder Noah Everett, the move comes as a result of legal demands from Twitter for Twitpic to abandon its 5 year old trademark:
A few weeks ago Twitter contacted our legal demanding that we abandon our trademark application or risk losing access to their API. This came as a shock to us since Twitpic has been around since early 2008, and our trademark application has been in the USPTO since 2009.
While Twitpic might have a case here given how long they’ve owned and operated under the trademark, Noah says it just can’t afford the legal battle.
Twitpic will be building a photo/video exporting feature to help users past and present nab all their stuff before the doors close, though it’s not ready just yet.